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Michael Bay In Talks for Fourth ‘Transformers’

Written by on October 17, 2011 

One of the main topics of discussion centered on this past summer’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the fact that Michael Bay wouldn’t be returning to the series, should Paramount and Hasbro move forward on a fourth film. This was said, mind you, before his second sequel went on to make more than $1 billion at the box office.

In what’s surely coincidental news, THR reports on Hasbro as being “in active discussions” with Paramount, Bay, and executive producer Steven Spielberg about doing a fourth installment of the money-filled series. Although it’s too early to figure out if this will actually go anywhere, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner “hopes to have news to share in the next quarter”; that’s not too long to wait, really. Even if the two big names make a return, they might not be able to nab Shia LaBeouf — he’s already expressed little interest in starring in another one of these movies. Then again, if they can throw enough money at him…

Where this leaves Bay‘s long-planned Pain and Gain is unknown right now, in spite of him calling it his next project a few months ago. Even though I’m not much of a fan, the idea of seeing him handle something on a smaller, more human scale has me intrigued; abandoning that for this series would probably be a weak decision on his part. I mean, he’s going to make something else, so why not jump onboard a new kind of film after going out with so much destruction? It’s already been hinted that this would start a new trilogy, and it feels odd to me that he would be willing to dedicate another five years or so to these movies. It also seems reductive, but you probably knew this.

Would you want to see a fourth Transformers? How would Bay’s return affect your excitement?


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